Gilgo Beach serial killer suspect Rex Heuerman acted ‘like road rage without a car’ when he blasted an ex-cop on a train before waiting for him and launched a second verbal assault just days before his arrest, it has been claimed.
The suspected killer, who is six feet four inches tall, ‘was a bully and seemed like someone who thought he could get away with doing things because he was older’, a former police officer told the Ops Desk podcast.
‘It was my impression that he felt it was almost kind of his right to be able to face people and express his opinion about what was going on around him,’ added the former cop, who did not want to be named.
Heuerman, a 59-year-old architect, was arrested Thursday after police used cell phone data and DNA evidence in the 2010 murders of Megan Waterman, Amber Costello and Melissa Barthelemy. He is not guilty.
He is also considered the prime suspect in the death of a fourth woman, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, and because he has been on the loose for more than a decade, police fear he may be responsible for other unsolved crimes.
Heuerman, 59, was dramatically taken into custody on the street around 8:30 p.m. Thursday on suspicion of one of New York state’s most gruesome and unsolved murders.
On Thursday night, Long Island serial killer suspect Rex Heuerman walked nonchalantly through the streets of midtown Manhattan before being arrested.
Now that new revelations have been made about his character, the former policeman claimed on a security podcast that Heuerman’s behavior towards him was ‘off-color,’ Fox News reports.
The former cop said he was traveling between Massapequa Park, where Heuerman lives, and Penn Station in Manhattan, when the murder suspect began a short taunt at him.
She said she expected the confrontation to end there, but when she got off the train she found Heuermann waiting for her at the top of her escalator, where he launched another verbal attack.
The man said he decided to leave, concluding ‘It was a little weird… but listen, this is New York.’
He said the verbal altercation had nothing to do with the Gligo case, adding, ‘It will give you an insight into a mindset.’
He is also considered the prime suspect in the death of a fourth woman, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, whose body was found wrapped and hidden in thick underbrush along a remote beach highway.
He added that he knew Heuerman was the one who stood out to him because of his ‘missing left front tooth’ and ‘very distinctive voice’ and that he ‘recognised him immediately when I saw his name in the media.
The man, who did not want to be named, said he had a confrontation with Heuerman just two weeks before the murder suspect was arrested.
An account by the ex-girlfriend of a murder suspect paints a picture of his obsession with true crime.
In an interview with the New York Daily News, Nicole Brass, 34, said nearly a decade ago, when she would ‘date’ Heuermann, he would make small talk about recent and unsolved murders.
‘He asked me if I was a true crime fan… We talked briefly about other serial killers, then he said, “Have you heard of the Gilgo Beach murders? That’s when he got really weird.”‘
Meanwhile, neighbors in the middle-class community where Heuerman lived all his life in Massapequa Park, near where the victim’s remains were found, described him as a creepy person.
‘We used to cross the road. He was someone you didn’t want to go near,’ neighbor Nicholas Ferchau, 24, told the New York Times.
Heuerman was put under 24-hour surveillance last Thursday around 8:30 p.m. on suspicion of one of New York State’s most gruesome and unsolved murders.
New York State Troopers removed hundreds of guns from a ‘wall of vaults’ inside Heuerman’s home over the weekend.
He was arrested near his Manhattan office, police said, to avoid a bust at his Long Island home where he kept an ‘arsenal’ of 200 weapons.
While he was legally registered to own 92 guns, police found more than 200 firearms and other weapons in the small home.
They were kept in a walled-off vault that could only be accessed through a metal door, CNN quoted sources as saying.
In an interview on Good Morning America on Tuesday, former NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said Heuerman was arrested on the streets of Manhattan and not at his Long Island home because he had so many weapons.
Heuerman’s arrest came after investigators say he made phone calls in which he arranged to meet victims for sex, and in which he called and taunted the families of the dead women.
Prosecutors described how Heuerman was driving the same car that a witness to a 2009 homicide saw.
Investigators were then able to link that vehicle to Human’s cellphone records, which linked him to locations related to the murder.
He allegedly conducted at least 200 searches for information about the Gilgo Beach murder investigation and compulsively searched for victims and their families.
Eventually, police were able to match his DNA from a slice of pizza to a corpse.
Heuermann’s rare first-generation Chevy Avalanche was impounded by cops in rural South Carolina and is now on its way back to New York.
Police say Heuerman also used Melissa Barthélemy’s phone to make harassing phone calls to her family from the victim’s phone, calls that were made from his Manhattan office.
After Heuerman was identified as the owner of a Chevrolet, police issued more than 300 subpoenas, search warrants and other legal processes to obtain more evidence.
Prosecutors hope evidence found in the rare first-generation Chevy Avalanche will help them build an airtight case against them.
Heuerman has been charged with three counts of murder, and police say he may soon be charged with the murder of Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, whose body was found bound and hidden in thick underbrush along a remote beach highway.
The murders remained unsolved for more than ten years after police first discovered the bodies of the victims on Ocean Parkway, a barren stretch of coast east of New York City.
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